Judge John Hodgman Episode 201: Sweet Relish


Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket with gusto, answering questions about pickle relish, Pee-wee, apartment tours, and the difference between Jim Varney and Verne Troyer.



Sign Off?

It was stated that JJHO lacked a signature sign off. I have always felt that, “Judge John Hodgman Rules, that is all.” was the signature sign off. I liked that besides the obvious implication of ruling on a final verdict, and then stating that there was nothing more to say, the phrase could also be understood as a self-proclamation of “ruling” in the 90s vernacular ala, “San Dimas High School Football Rules!” And “That Is All” transcended the immediate case and conjured the specter of end times: “Judge John Hodgman RULES! That is all! (you fool).”

This is what I hear and thought it was a deliberate sign off. If it's not, it should be. Thoughts?

organ stops

To be fair, an organ *does* have stops. I believe Jesse made a fine metaphor.

Mayonnaise Please

I so want an Admiration Brand Real Heavy Duty Mayonnaise T-shirt right now. I can't be the only one... Right? Maybe you can cut a licensing deal with them and become their exclusive supplier of fine clothing and apparel.

canola vs. rapeseed

Jesse remarked that rapeseed should have come up with a better name. The Rapeseed Association of Canada apparently agreed with him. While "rape" in this case comes from the Latin word for turnip (rapa or rapum), they clearly saw an image problem when it came to marketing a new, food-grade version of rapeseed oil. Enter "canola oil" (CAN = Canada + OLA = oil). It's basically a made-up word created to avoid the skeevy connotation, as well as to differentiate it from the original, more toxic version of rapeseed oil, which is primarily used for industrial purposes. Same species, just selectively bred.

I also want to tell you how much I enjoy your show. JJHo has become my new favorite podcast. Thanks, guys!

I expect more from you Judge John Hodgman.

Surely I didn't just listen to a conversation about how amazing Pee Wee's Playhouse AND Newsradio are without Phil Hartman coming up. I can only assume you are trying to troll your audience.

I do know Jesse loves Phil

I do know Jesse loves Phil Hartman. I can't remember if it made the cut, but Jesse talked about Phil in the unedited version of his talk with Paul Reubens in this Bullseye interview. It's great listening either way!

Know what I mean, Vern?

When John said, "Know what I mean?" and then quickly followed it up with "Vern" and a chuckle, I lost it at work. I wasn't expecting to bust out laughing this morning.

Sweet Relish is an Abomination

This may be a regionalism, but growing up in Calgary, all I ate was dill relish. I don't even call it dill relish, it's just relish. Sometimes going to potluck parties somebody will screw up and bring sweet relish by accident, and then everybody is super disappointed. Seeing it in the grocery store, it's always "who on earth would buy that on purpose"? I guess now I know that in other parts of the world, people make poor relish choices.

Seriously though...what do you even put sweet relish on?


Sweet relish is a travesty among men. Dill relish is the way to go. It's great in all sorts of salads such as tuna and egg. I daresay tuna salad is not complete without dill relish in it.

Phil Hartman

My heart almost exploded in joy over the admiration displayed for Pee-Wee's Playhouse. That show is truly an under appreciated gem of children's television, and to this day I still look back upon it and remember all of the happiness it brought me as a child. Then, on top of everything else, adding to the end the recommendation of watching News Radio, I felt like you were speaking from my own heart. These are two wonderful shows that people should watch and appreciate.

But, one oversight really disappointed me, and that was the exclusion of the late and wonderful, Phil Hartman, who appeared on both shows as Kapn' Karl and Bill McNeal, respectively. I would love for a fourteen year old to learn of the awesomeness of Phil Hartman so that he can carry on his memory and humor to future generations.